Workshop invitation: Patient Handling Injuries Review of Systems (PHIRES) Toolkit NZ development

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We are looking for research participants with expertise relating to OHS in healthcare and/or healthcare human factors who are based in NZ. If this is you, please keep reading!

The Patient Handling Injuries Review of Systems (PHIRES) Toolkit has been developed to assist OHS practitioners to review risk controls for a patient handling task following the report of a staff injury. The toolkit is based on a “systems-focused” accident analysis method called Accimap.

For an overview of the PHIRES toolkit and how it can help prevent patient handling injuries, you can watch this 11-minute video.

PHIRES was developed and implemented in Australia. Our research team at the University of Otago is conducting a project to adapt the PHIRES toolkit to the New Zealand context. We anticipate changes will be required due to differences in healthcare systems, legislation and local cultures. This is why we need your expertise.

We are inviting individuals with expertise in healthcare OHS and/or healthcare human factors to participate in an online workshop. There are two workshop dates available:

  1. Thursday 3 November 2022, 2-4pm NZ time; register here.
  2. Tuesday 8 November 2022, 7-9pm NZ time; register here.

You only have to register for one of the two workshops. If the workshop takes longer than 2 hours, we will schedule a follow-up workshop or discussion. 

I have attached the links for a few documents providing more information about the project:

We are conducting this project in collaboration with Professor Sharon Newnam, who developed the original PHIRES toolkit in Australia when she was employed at Monash University Accident Research Centre (she has recently moved to Queensland University of Technology).

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Finnbar Please also feel free to email us if you are interested in participating, but not available at either of the workshop times – we will keep your details on hand in case we need to schedule additional workshop times.

Thank you for your time.
Ngā mihi,
Dr Vanessa Beanland
Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Otago
Chairperson, Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand

HASANZ Initiative - Human Factors and Ergonomics workforce development project

The Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) profession is broad and wide-ranging, and combines a number of unique skills and sciences to support people and the equipment and environment in which they work.

In 2019 HASANZ released a stocktake of the health and safety workforce report which outlined the capacity, capability and demand within a number of New Zealand’s health and safety professions, including the HFE workforce.

Why is a HFE workforce development project needed?

The HASANZ report outlined the following challenges facing the HFE workforce in New Zealand:

  • Lack of critical mass of HFE professionals
  • Demographic pressures
  • Lack of NZ-based education pathway
  • Poor stakeholder awareness of HFE roles and capabilities.

Together WorkSafe NZ and HASANZ agreed to implement the HFE workforce development project to address these challenges over the next two years.

What will it do?

The HFE workforce development project has four key workstreams, focusing on addressing the challenges outlined in the HASANZ report.

Competence framework review – this will look at existing competence frameworks and consider the knowledge, cultural awareness and skills required to be a HFE professional in New Zealand and internationally.

Education ­– this is focused on developing a tertiary education programme in New Zealand, in conjunction with New Zealand Universities, that complies with the standards required for certification by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of New Zealand (HFESNZ).

Scholarships and mentoring – with the aim of increasing the current number and capability of HFE professionals in New Zealand, this workstream will leverage off the HASANZ scholarship programme and look into professional leadership, mentoring and support.

Stakeholder knowledge and job creation – to raise the profile of the role and importance of HFE professionals across New Zealand.

Who’s involved?

The project is governed by the Executive Director of HASANZ Philip Aldridge, President of HFESNZ Hamish MacKie and retired Massey University Professor Stephen Legg. Each of the four workstreams has a project lead and team.

How can we keep track of it?

For more information on the project, or to get in touch with those involved, visit the HFE Workforce Development Project or contact